Quick Facts: Maryland

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  • Law & Policy: 55% of metrics met
     
    • Laws authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness: 50% of metrics met 
       

    • Preventing youth experiencing homelessness from coming into contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems: 57% of metrics met 
       

    • Providing unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness the opportunity to seek legal independence and live independently: 75% of metrics met
       

    • Addressing the educational needs of youth experiencing homelessness: 33% of metrics met 
       

    • Allowing youth experiencing homelessness to access critical supports and services: 56% of metrics met 
       

  • Systems: 44% of metrics met 
     
  • Environment: 18% of metrics met

State Score 2020: 47

State Ranking 2020: 29

Maryland Highlights

Some areas where Maryland has moved the needle relative to other states include providing unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness the opportunity to seek legal independence and live independently and creating systems to address the needs of youth experiencing homelessness.

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Law & Policy

  • The state doesn’t consider running away a criminal offense.
     

  • The state gives minors contract rights OR allows them to enter into binding contracts for certain purposes (e.g. necessities).
     

  • The state explicitly allows unaccompanied youth under 18 to apply for health insurance coverage without parental consent.

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Systems

  • There is a state entity (Office of homeless youth services, homeless youth state coordinator, commission on homeless youth, etc.) that focuses solely on youth homelessness.

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Environment

  • None.

Recommendations for Improvement

There is room for improvement across the metrics for the Old Line State, with emphasis on the Law & Policy category. Laws authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness should be prioritized. Additionally, protecting the rights and interests of youth experiencing homelessness, including LGBTQ youth, should be prioritized.

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Law & Policy

  • The state should pass a law that funds and provides oversight and regulation to youth homelessness services.
     

  • The state should allow shelters to take in youth experiencing homelessness with a delay or waiver of notification requirements.
     

  • The state should explicitly allow partial and alternative school credit accrual for homeless youth through regulations.

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Systems

  • The state should create and adopt a public plan to end homelessness that includes youth (and specifically LGBTQ+ youth).

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Environment

  • The state should establish and maintain a stipended community advisory board for youth that informs youth homelessness policy (Youth Action Board).
     

  • The state should require training about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, healthy sexual development or issues specific to LGBTQ+ youth for staff working in RHY Systems.
     

  • The state should establish nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ youth in youth homelessness services.

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